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Dr. William K. Scarborough Collection

Identifier: M487

Scope and Contents

The collection contains materials related to the personal and professional activities of Dr. William K. Scarborough from 1963-2009. Included in the collection are newspaper articles, correspondence, lectures, and other miscellaneous materials.


  • 1963-2010


Conditions Governing Access

Noncirculating; available for research.

Conditions Governing Use

This collection may be protected from unauthorized copying by the Copyright Law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code).

Biographical / Historical

William K. Scarborough was born on January 17, 1933 in Baltimore, Maryland. He served on active duty as a Gunnery Department Division Officer in the United States Navy aboard the USS NEW JERSEY (BB-62) from from 1954 to 1956. He earned his B.A. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1954, his M.A. from Cornell University in 1957, and his Ph. D. in history from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1962.

Dr. Scarborough began teaching at the University of Southern Mississippi in 1964. He became a renowned scholar in the fields of Southern History, the Civil War, and the Old South. He was also a member of the faculty senate, College of Liberal Arts and University Tenure and Promotion Committees, and served as Chair of the History Department from 1980 to 1990. Dr. Scarborough retired from full-time teaching in 2009.

A nationally recognized scholar in Antebellum Southern and Civil War history, Scarborough was the author or editor of six books, numerous articles and papers, and 76 book reviews. His most notable publications were his prize-winning 3-volume edition of the Dairy of Edmund Ruffin and Masters of the Big House. He was a past president of the Mississippi Historical Society and the St. George Tucker Society. The recipient of numerous teaching and research awards from USM, he received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the University Research Council in 2011.

Dr. William K. Scarborough, 87, passed away on May 17, 2020 at his home in Hattiesburg, MS.


2.50 Cubic Feet

Language of Materials



Dr. William K. Scarborough is the author of several publications. These include The Overseer: Plantation Management in the Old South, The Diary of Edmund Ruffin, Masters of the Big House: Elite Slaveholders of the Mid-Nineteenth Century South, and The Allston’s of Chicora Wood: Wealth, Honor, and Gentility in the South Carolina Low Country.


The materials in the collection were organized by subject, grouping items by organization when possible (Phi Alpha Theta, Shelby Thames Administration, Mississippi Historical Society, etc.).


Donated by Dr. William K. Scarborough in 2010, 2011, and 2014.

Related Materials

Record Group 5 University Committees

Record Group 31 Public Safety

Record Group 40 Student Organizations

Record Group 41 University Related Organizations

Record Group 46 Research and Sponsored Programs

Record Group 52 Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs (Provost’s Office)

Record Group 62 College of Education and Psychology

Record Group 74 College of Liberal Arts

Record Group 81 History Department

Gonzalez (Dr. John E.) Papers 1963-1996

McCarty (Kenneth G.) Papers ca. 1974-1999

Photograph Log

Box 4, Folder 3 M487-1 Dr. William K. Scarborough receiving the Willie Halsell Award from Bill Hanna. 5 x 7 B & W 1993

Box 4, Folder 5 M487-2 Dr. William K. Scarborough with other members of the Riley Prize Committee. 5 x 7 B & W 1995

Box 4, Folder 10 M487-3 Dr. William K. Scarborough with David Sansing and Patricia Galloway. 5 x 7 B & W 1998
Dr. William K. Scarborough Collection
Collection processed and finding aid written by T.J. Landry and Brandon Ball
May 2014
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Repository Details

Part of the Historical Manuscripts and Photographs Repository

118 College Drive - 5148
Hattiesburg MS 39406-0001